stylolite

noun sty·lo·lite \ˈstīləˌlīt\

Definition of stylolite

plural

-s

  1. :  a small longitudinally grooved column of the same material as the rock in which it occurs often resulting from the slipping under vertical pressure of a part capped by a shell through adjacent parts not so capped though one or more layers (as of limestone) may be affected by stylolitic structure throughout where there is no capping object

stylolitic

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of stylolite

International Scientific Vocabulary 1styl- + -lite


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